Rick Scott rails that travel ban would be ‘attack’ on Florida
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The Senator made the explosive comments Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott told a cable news audience Saturday that any virus-driven travel ban on the state would be an “attack” on Florida.

The Republican Senator, appearing on Fox and Friends, decried reported explorations of travel restrictions by the Joe Biden White House as driven by jealousy of the state’s progress in the virus fight.

Though administration sources continue to say that the reports are just talk and that nothing along these lines is happening, Scott and other Republicans in the 2024 Presidential mix have seized on the headline as a chance for a showdown with Washington.

“This is just a wishy washy policy consideration from the Biden Administration that would hurt Florida’s businesses and families,” Scott told host Jedidiah Bila. “This makes no sense. Look, Biden and the Democrats around the country are jealous of Florida. They’re jealous that everybody wants to move [here].”

Scott added that “this is just an attack on Florida businesses, an attack on Florida families. It makes no economic sense.”

“It’s sort of like, there’s no science in this. Wasn’t Biden the group that was supposed to follow the science? There’s no science in this at all.”

The Senator had already decried the move on Twitter, saying the “Florida travel ban idea is crazy. The seesaw policy ‘considerations’ from the Biden admin only hurt Florida’s working families whose livelihoods depend on tourism dollars.”

Scott joins other prominent Florida Republicans who have sought to score messaging wins in response to reports that travel restrictions were being considered as a precaution against the British strain of the novel coronavirus.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News Thursday night, charging that talk in the Joe Biden White House of a “clearly unconstitutional” domestic travel ban on Florida is driven by “jealousy” and a zest for “punishment” of the Sunshine State.

“Any attempt to restrict or lockdown Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state, done purely for political purposes,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday morning. The Governor added that “if anyone tries to harm Floridians or target us, we will respond very swiftly.”

Discussion of potential travel restrictions on the Sunshine State, first reported by the Miami Herald, have been considered according to White House sources. The Biden Administration has denied that plans for such action are imminent, but the talk is enough for Biden-wary Republicans.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • James Robert Miles

    February 13, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Rick Scott: don’t you have ANYTHING to do? Just running your mouth doesn’t cut it!!

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 13, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Lol there he goes again. Nazi Rick blowing bs around and around. Nazi Rick you might want to get some tips from dui frat bOy Gaetz. Nazi Rick you just come off desperate and needy. Wait you are desperate and needy Nazi Rick. Lol

  • teel

    February 13, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Sen. Rick Scott you have our back, we’ll make sure to keep yours.

  • Beth

    February 14, 2021 at 3:40 am

    On the other hand, Rubio and Scott both agree that it was okay to allow a madman to do all he could to destroy our democracy including attempting a murderous coup that killed and maimed police officers. The hypocrisy and stupidity of these traitors holds no bounds. They violated their oath to the constitution of the United States and need to be out of office.

  • Beth

    February 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Oooo Ronnie”s going to respond swiftly? What a tough guy. So tough that he spent the last 4 years doing the bidding of a madman who attempted to destroy our democracy. Wonder what he has in mind, another coup attempt? DeSantis has become a clear and present danger. He doesn’t care about FL or this country. His only objective is to continue to line his own pockets and he doesn’t care who or what he destroys in the process. He must be voted out.

  • Faye

    February 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Scott, Rubio, DeSantis, all gone in the next election! They work for us and
    Florida is about to go BLUE!

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